Robert O. Betts

Small Business Specialist

    Mr. Robert O. Betts is the Small Business Specialist at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.  Rob is also serves as a Contract Specialist and the Industrial Relations Officer for the Center.

    As the Small Business Specialist, Rob is responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and managing the NASA Langley Research Center Small Business Program.  He serves as the Center advisor on all small business matters.

    Rob has been a contract specialist with NASA since 2009, administering several complex contracts including the $70M Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) space-flight instrument that will monitor pollution over North America from a Geostationary Earth orbit.  He has also administered several research and development contracts for a variety of stakeholders.

    Rob is an Air Force veteran with over 20 years of service to his country.  He began his military service as a Munitions Supply technician and ended as a Contract Specialist working all aspects of Operational Contracting.  Rob deployed overseas in support of multiple military actions and garnered several awards during his distinguished career. Rob’s post-military career includes civil service stints with the Department of the Air Force and Department of Veteran’s Affairs as a contract specialist.

    Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Management Information Systems from Saint Leo University.  Rob is a Level III certified Contracting professional.